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Gulfshore Business Daily: July 20

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Lead Photo: Sanibel Captiva Community Bank is asking consumers to turn in their coins for cash dollars. More details below.

 

MORE NATIONAL RETAILERS MANDATING THAT SHOPPERS WEAR FACE MASKS

Beginning today, shoppers in Walmart, Sam’s Club, CVS pharmacy, Walgreens, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Kohl’s stores nationwide are required to wear face masks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Tuesday, Florida-based Publix will require customers to wear face coverings while shopping in its supermarkets, while Kroger mandates the same beginning Wednesday. Last week, Starbucks and Best Buy started requiring all shoppers to wear face masks in their stores. Starting Aug. 1, Target will require all guests to wear masks or face coverings in all of its stores. Face masks have been mandatory since May in Apple and Costco stores. 
 

SWFL JUNE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RELEASED

The unemployment rate in Southwest Florida was at 9.7% in June, compared to 10.7% in Florida overall, according to a report by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The labor force was listed at 588,099, with 451,100 people employed and 57,121 unemployed. Top high-gain industries included construction and professional business services, while top-loss industries included leisure and hospitality; trade, transportation and utilities; and educational and health services. For more information on jobs in Southwest Florida, visit careersourcesouthwestflorida.com.
 

SWFL COUNTIES RANKED AMONG BEST FOR SOCIAL SECURITY IN FLORIDA

Financial technology company SmartAsset included Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties in its list of “Places Social Security Goes Furthest” in Florida. The rankings were measured by cost of living, annual Social Security and whether Social Security was taxed, resulting in an Annual Social Security Index. Collier County ranked No. 2, followed by Lee County at No. 5 and Charlotte County at No. 8. The full study results, methodology and interactive map can be found here.
 

SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK CALLS FOR COINS

Due to a national coin shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank is asking consumers to turn in their coins for cash dollars. Existing customers also have the option to direct deposit the funds into their accounts. Coins do not need to be rolled in order to be turned in. Prolonged business closures and a reduction in coin production and circulation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in limited availability of coins required by banks to serve customers, according to a news release. The shortage is affecting local restaurants and businesses that accept and provide change in cash. Consumers interested in having coins counted and exchanged can visit Sanibel Captiva Community Bank branches. Bank lobbies and branches are currently open with social distancing and safety measures in place. For more information, call 239-472-6100.
 

NAPLES AIRPORT AUTHORITY APPOINTS KRAWCZUN TO NOISE COMPATIBILITY COMMITTEE

Naples Airport Authority has appointed Richard Krawczun to a four-year term on its Noise Compatibility Committee, which helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise, receives public input and makes recommendations about noise mitigation initiatives for consideration by the NAA. Krawczun was appointed to represent the geographic area southeast of the airport. A Naples resident since 2017, he previously served as a member of the Collier County Water and Wastewater Authority from 2017 to 2019. His 35-year career in local government included serving as township manager, director of community development and director of finance for Lawrence Township in New Jersey. Krawczun, who holds a master’s in administration from Rider University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Seton Hall University, also served as a coadjutant faculty member of Rutgers University’s Center for Government Services. For more information, visit flynaples.com/about-noise-abatement
 

RECORD-BREAKING SALE IN ROYAL HARBOR

Engel & Völkers has announced a record-breaking sale of 2615 Tarpon Road, a single-family home in Royal Harbor. License Partner and Private Office Advisor Ryan Chiodo of Engel & Völkers Olde Naples and Engel & Völkers Bonita-Estero represented the buyer in the purchase of the highest-priced listing the Royal Harbor community has ever seen, according to a news release. The nearly 9,000 square-foot home features five bedrooms plus a den, five full bathrooms and three half bathrooms. The home had been on and off the market since 2018, when it was originally listed for $7.95 million, prior to the latest entry into the market. Most recently, the home had been on the market for 20 days before the sale went pending. It has since sold for a record-breaking price of $7.2 million, $4.8 million above the community’s median home value of $2.4 million. Philip N. Collins with William Raveis Real Estate represented the seller in the transaction. 
 

K & K SUPER – BLEND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

K & K Super – Blend has launched a brand-new website, kksuperblend.com, promoting an eco-friendly fertilizer that can be used year-round. The natural and bio-degradable product was developed by Ken Boyce, of Southwest Florida, to provide options for those who wish to condition and give nutrients to gardens, lawns, and plant life, while also preserving the environment. The K & K Super-Blend was developed as an innovative, all-natural, eco-friendly, and bio-degradable fertilizer. The composition is organic and can be used year-round, with no restrictions, according to a news release. K & K Super-Blend is 100% produced in Florida.
 
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

DLC receives $10,000 COVID-19 relief grant 

David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) has received a $10,000 COVID-19 relief grant from the Collier Comes Together Fund, a charitable fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC). The grant will be used to fund DLC’s adult emergency medication fund for indigent clients residing in the Crossroads residential recovery program. The DLC Crossroads program offers a full continuum of abstinence-oriented, holistic substance use disorder treatment for adults, including inpatient detoxification, residential rehabilitation, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment. For more information, visit davidlawrencecenter.org.
 

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